Trail of Crumbs

256p. Orca. Mar. 2019. pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781459821217.
Gr 8 Up—Fraternal twins Greta and Ash are seniors in high school when their dad and stepmom abandon them, sneaking away in the middle of the night without a note or a forwarding address. Their stepmom's increasingly belligerent behavior, coupled with their father's decreasing ability to stand up to her, makes the vanishing act an almost welcome relief. But Greta and Ash have very little cash between them and, being new to town, few contacts and no job prospects. On top of it all, Greta is dealing with a hazy memory of a drunken night at a classmate's cabin where she isn't sure if she actually consented to sex with Dylan, a popular jock from her new high school. Greta and Ash are used to sticking together, but this set of circumstances pushes the pair to their limits. With the help of a classmate, Nate, and their grieving landlord, Elgin, Greta and Ash begin to dig out from rock bottom, rebuilding a support system and finding their voices.
VERDICT Fans of slow and serious emotional journeys of survival, like Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, or Ashley Herring Blake's Girl Made of Stars, will find Greta's story especially moving.

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